Yes, I couldn't see what "critics" didn't like the show. Who is it that is so angry about Downton?. For Pete's sake, it is just a soap opera, classier, with better production values than most, and Americans of every stripe are fascinated by the morals and piccadiloes of both classes, upstairs and downstairs. It is about a well-meaning patriarch who has trouble letting go of the old lifestyle, his estate suffering from his love of tradition that has put his estate in jeopardy in the changing times. You can't stop progress.